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Election official Richard Moore counts a stack of ballots during the U.S. Senate recount Wednesday morning at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater.

Historic recount completes first day; Franken wins ballot case


Update 3:05 a.m.

ST. PAUL - Relatively few disputes were reported today as hundreds of Minnesotans pored over U.S. Senate ballots in a historic U.S. Senate election recount.

If the recount of 2.9 million ballots elevates Al Franken to be the winner, Democrats would have even stronger control of the Senate. Going into today, Franken trailed incumbent Republican by 215 votes.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.